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The Mirror of Worlds: The Second Volume of The Crown of the Isles by David Drake
Review by Harriet Klausner
Tor Books Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765312600
Date: 10 July 2007 List Price $25.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

Due to the workings of wizardry, the Change occurred which caused the people and places from the past to become part of the present. It changed the Isles into a single continent with no guides for the traveler because everything has altered. Enemies from the past and the future enter through portals into the present causing the heroes of the world to once again go into battle if they want their world to survive.

From official release/information:

Amazon.com: David Drake made his name in genre fiction with the Hammer's Slammers series of military science fiction about tough future mercenaries, launched in 1979. A versatile writer, he's also published well-received fantasies. Lord of the Isles opens a massive new saga of clashing swords and spells in an archipelago world. One thousand years beforehand, potent sorcery won a war only for it to backlash and sink the winning island. Now, with magic reaching another millennial peak of power, the world is endangered. Among the players are a king's ghost and two magicians who were present at the ancient disaster (one of them caused it), plus modern wizards, warriors, and unknowing descendants of royalty. Drake skillfully juggles multiple storylines as his engaging characters meet a wild variety of danger: rising and vanishing lands, the reanimated dead (not only human dead), out-of-control sorcery, demons, riots, traps, and other planes of reality including hell itself. The magic comes in several fascinating and often unpleasant flavors. Even likable characters may die. This story reads well and halts at a satisfying moment of victory rather than at a nail-biting cliffhanger. It doesn't quite achieve epic scale--clearly Drake is keeping major trump cards in reserve for the coming sequels. A promising start. --David Langford, Amazon.co.uk

(Source: Tor Books)

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